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Ahmedabad - Life of a City in India
DVD – (30 minutes, 1983)
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…traces the history of the city as Hindu rulers were replaced by Muslim rulers, who in turn were replaced by British rulers. Under the British, Ahmedabad became a major industrial center. Differences between laborers and mill-owners flared into industrial disputes. Gandhi, from his ashram in Ahmedabad, led a textile union in its successful non-violent struggle for fair wages. The film shows Ahmedabad today as a modern industrial and administrative center, containing, in addition to squatters and laborers, a growing middle class of clerks, civil servants, and entrepreneurs generating their own artistic and consumer cultures.
The Sun temple of Konark is situated on the eastern coast of India. It is one of the monuments declared as the World Heritage Monument. It was constructed in the 13th Century This temple is studied from various perspectives. Aspects that I wish to present are following: Konark as a culmination of temple architecture; Sun worship and various aspects of solar phenomena are the main reference points of this temple; The artistic value is the prime attraction of this temple.
- Joe Elder looks back at 60-year journey March 20, 2014
As noon approached, the seats in Ingraham Hall, Room 206 – a frequent venue for scholarly lectures on international topics – filled quickly. This audience had come to hear a speaker who easily could deliver a extensive series of academic talks, but, on this day, they had come to celebrate the individual, his distinguished career ...
- Photos from Joe Elder’s lecture “Sixty Years of Asking Questions” March 20, 2014
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- Special lecture: What questions has Joe Elder been asking? March 12, 2014
Joe Elder and his bride, Joann, sailed to India in 1951 to teach English in high schools in Tamilnadu. Part of their reimbursement after they returned was to be a free year of graduate study in Oberlin College, Ohio.
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- Professor Emerita Usha Priyamvada (Nilsson) Publishes New Novel January 27, 2014